Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Scrophularia nodosa

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scrophularia nodosa L.



Traditional name

Used parts

whole plant


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Lamiidae / Tubiflorae; Scrophulariales; Scrophulariaceae - Snapdragon Family


Original proving

Introduced and proved by Franz; Archiv. J. Hom: 17.3.184; Blakeley; N. Am. J. of Hom. 1866, 187; Allen: Encyclop Pure Mat. Med Vol. III, 1127.

Description of the substance

The Knotted Figwort, common throughout England, is similar in general habit to the Water Figwort, but differs both in the form of its root and in having more acutely heartshaped leaves. The stem, too, is without the projections or wings at its angles, and the lobes of the calyx have only a very narrow membraneous margin. The plant, also, though found in rather moist, bushy places, either in cultivated or waste ground, and in damp woods, is not distinctly an aquatic, like the Water Figwort.
The flowers, which resemble in appearance and character the Water Figwort, are in bloom during July and are specially visited by wasps.

During the thirteen months' siege of Rochelle by the army of Richelieu in 1628, the tuberous roots of this Figwort yielded support to the garrison for a considerable period, from which circumstance the French still call it Herbe du siège. The taste and smell of the tubers are unpleasant, and they would never be resorted to for food except in times of famine.

Scrophularia is a coarse erect perennial with thick, sharply square, fleshy stems. Growing up to 150cm tall, it arises from a knotted horizontal rootstock. The leaves are opposite, short-stemmed ovate at base, lanceolate near the top, with toothed margins. The flowers are in loose cymes in pyramidal or oblong panicles; each flower is globular, five green sepals encircling a green or purple flower, giving way to an egg-shaped seed capsule. It grows in moist and cultivated waste ground, in woodlands and copses throughout the northern hemisphere except western North America.